Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) is reached when a healthcare professional assess that you have recovered as much as possible from a work-related injury or illness. The Texas Department of Insurance uses an MMI to determine if you are eligible to receive long-term benefits. Work-related injuries have specific guidelines including MMI. To make sure you receive the most compensation you deserve, contact an attorney who accepts workers’ compensation cases.
Understanding Maximum Medical Improvement for Your Injury Case
If you were severely injured in a work-related accident, MMI could apply to your injury case. Some of the injuries and illnesses that can establish MMI include:
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Injuries from falls or falling objects
- Exposure to toxic substances
Your healthcare professional will determine if you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement. This means that you are as well as you are going to be based on any permanent physical or functional damage. An MMI does not mean that you are pain-free or are released to return to work.
If your doctor or healthcare professional does not establish MMI, most workers’ compensation laws enact MMI at 104 weeks starting from the 8th day of your disability.
You Could Receive Impairment Income Benefits
You could be eligible to receive Impairment Income Benefits (IIB) according to the Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers’ Compensation. Your Maximum Medical Improvement will be based upon the American Medical Association’s impairment rating system.
- Your impairment rating describes the degree of permanent damage or function loss.
- Typically, the higher the degree of damage means higher benefits.
- Your benefits will be based upon this rating and your past salary level.
A Work Injury Lawyer Can Advise You if MMI Applies to Your Claim
If you were injured at work, a lawyer from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC will evaluate your case for free. It is possible that you could receive benefits from an IIB or other sources of compensation.
A work injury lawyer from our firm will explain your legal rights. These include:
- File a workers’ compensation claim against your employer
- File a third-party insurance claim or lawsuit against another party, such as an equipment manufacturer
Insurance Companies Try to Delay or Undervalue Workers’ Compensation Claims
As work injury lawyers, we have seen how some employers and their insurance providers try to delay, deny, or downplay work-related claims. They may argue that you contributed to the accident or find some other way to settle your claim as cheaply as possible.
You deserve to have a work injury lawyer on your side. We can help determine if Maximum Medical Improvement applies to your worker’s injury claim. Our firm has the resources to negotiate and litigate for eligible compensation vigorously.
Call for a Free Case Evaluation
No two work injury cases are the same. MMI may apply to your claim. That is why you should contact D. Miller & Associates, PLLC for a free case evaluation. Please call (713) 850-8600.
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